About Us

About Us

Karen Oakes, the founder of Oakes Law Office, PC received her Juris Doctor in 1998 after which she moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon. She began private practice in 2001 when she opened her firm as a general practice law office. From 2001 through 2004, the firm mostly focused on family law, estate planning, and representing tenants in landlord-tenant matters. In 2004, however, the firm began to evolve into consumer protection, providing bankruptcy services, FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices ACT) representation, and FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) representation.

Ms. Oakes estimates that since 2004 she has helped clients discharge millions of dollars in debt through bankruptcy. She has also written checks totaling over $100,000 to clients as damage payments by creditors. Overall, she has handled thousands of cases in her practice areas.

In 2004, Ms. Oakes was elected to the bench as Justice of Peace for Klamath County. She was re-elected in 2010 and 2016 for an additional six-year term.

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • NACBA
  • Student Loan Law Workshop
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • 1st Lieutenant Bankruptcy Boot Camp
  • Hyatt Legal Plans

Fierce Advocacy

Ms. Oakes believe in informing and educating her clients in legal matters facing them so that they can understand how the law affects them, the legal process they face, and how to make case decisions that are best for them. She strives to build strong and lasting relationships with the people in order to remain a stable legal source in the community. She brings decades of successful representation to her clients along with fierce advocacy in helping them reach favorable results.

Ms. Oakes is a member of the following professional groups:

  • Oregon State Bar
  • Klamath County Bar Association President, 1999 – 2003, 2005
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Founding Member of Bankruptcy Law Network
  • Keeps up on the law much to the benefit of her clients.

    “Her service as a judge is impressive because it is a hard job where she must make decisions about important and difficult matters and disputes.”

    - Theodore A.
  • Extremely professional, honest & helpful!

    “They allowed me to start over and gave me the knowledge to rebuild and helped me forgive myself for the mess I made from being irresponsible with my debt.”

    - Martha G.
  • A fierce fighter for the rights of her clients.

    I give Karen Oakes 5 stars because she is a wonderful advocate, prepared, on top of the law, and a fierce fighter for the rights of her clients.

    - Theresa H.
  • A delight to work with!

    “A big thank you for all your help! Karen is very professional with a splash of personality and her staff is so helpful. All a delight to work with!”

    - Becky H.
  • Extremely client-focused.

    “Karen has a national reputation but is never too busy to help other less-experienced bankruptcy attorneys with questions. She is extremely client-focused.”

    - Thomas M.
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